The Mummy

ISBN: 0345369947
ISBN 13: 9780345369949
By: Anne Rice

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Ramses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....

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This is the second time I have read this book, as the last time was years ago. The story is different then any mummy tale I have seen to date. It deals more so with immortality then raising the dead, and the emotional turmoil that accompanies being immortal. The Story moves quickly and the characters are very likeable. The reason I only gave the book four stars is because three quarters of the way through the book, I found the characters where not behaving quite like themselves and also because I find I'm left hanging at the end of the book. I feel robbed of the knowledge of what happens to certain characters like Alex? Elliot? I feel the book has been left open for a sequel but so far there has been non forthcoming. With Anne Rice I guess you just can't ever tell what she will do next. Crossing my fingers, but not holding my breath.


I really liked this story by Anne Rice. I wish she had written more of this style of book. Ramses the Great has come back to life, now he is cursed to live eternity and the only glimpse of happiness is his intriguing relationship with Julie Stratford.


This is my absolute all time favorite book by Anne Rice! She introduced me to a new kind of mummy that was actually attractive. It's not your typical "Mummy" style story. The intro of Cleopatra really threw me for a loop. Anne Rice's "The Mummy" inspired me to write my own novel. You can feel the characters and see the surroundings so vividly. Her twist on the "Mummy" was a surprising and pleasant shock! I must have read this novel 10 times in the last few years. Recommend it to everyone!


Una novela de género fantástico que combina aventuras, misterio, romance y detalles de terror, y que resultó una sorpresa agradable y totalmente inesperada. La gran renovadora del mito del vampiro revisita aquí la figura de la momia, con una historia que homenajea a las clásicas películas de terror de la Universal Pictures, pero que ofrece una visión nueva del mito. Aquí la momia no es un monstruo irracional y sin voluntad; al contrario el Ramsés redivivo de Anne Rice es un hombre de aspecto físico imponente ("regio", lo denomina la autora) con una personalidad magnética y un carisma irresistible. La emoción de la trama no procederá de él, sino de otro celebérrimo personaje de la historia egipcia: Cleopatra, que aquí encarnará a la villana, pero seguimos lejos de cualquier modo de la imagen que tenemos de la momia como monstruo, pues conservará su belleza y atractivo legendarios. La novela se divide en dos partes de extensión desigual. La primera, la más breve, se ambienta en Londres, y es la más pausada, presentando a los personajes e introduciendo la trama; mientras que la segunda, ambientada en Egipto, es la que contiene más escenas de acción, la que tiene un tono más de aventuras e incluso roza el terror en algunos pasajes. En este aspecto, la novela va de menos a más, ganando en ritmo y en emociones a medida que transcurre, hasta desembocar en un final trepidante y que supone un colofón magnífico para la historia.Tiene un componente romántico muy marcado, con escenas y lenguaje propios del erotismo "light", con todo tipo de eufemismos y términos "poéticos" para referirse a las partes del cuerpo y al acto sexual. Los argumentos románticos tendrán, de cualquier manera, mucho peso en el conjunto de la obra. "La momia" se puede entender tsmbién, por la figura de Ramsés inmortal por causa de un elixir -tal como está presentado y por la descripción de sus efectos y sus consecuencias- como una novela de Ciencia-Ficción primitiva, en la línea de "Frankenstein" o las obras de H.G. Wells, como "El hombre invisible", a lo cual colabora su ambientación en la era eduardiana, con un Egipto aún colonia británica y un Londres de preguerra. Es, en cualquier caso una lectura muy entretenida, e interesante por su planteamiento diferente al habitual, que ofrece mucho más de lo que promete de entrada, y que va ganando en consideración a medida que avanza la trama. Anne Rice logró de nuevo, con su momia, relanzar y renovar un mito, al igual que hizo con el vampiro en sus célebres "Crónicas Vampíricas". Podéis leer una reseña completa en mi blog KindleGarten:!


this book taught me that being immortal is a curse. if being immortal means you could not appreciate things around you because you're so get used to it, i'd rather live for a short time yet living it up.***buku ini mengajarkanku menjadi abadi itu adalah sebuah kutukan. jika hidup selamanya berarti kita tidak bisa lagi menghargai setiap hal di sekitar kita karena terlalu seringnya kita mengalami itu semua, aku lebih memilih hidup singkat namun menjalaninya sepenuh hati.

Madeline Knight-Dixon

I give you the book the movie The Mummy was SUPPOSED to be based off of. In the end they butchered the story so much Anne Rice wouldn’t put her name on it. Which is a shame, because this book is (if not better) sexier than the movie.A lot of reviews call it “vintage Anne Rice” and I couldn’t agree more. It gets back to the feel of Interview with the Vampire; darkly sexual with the most compelling plot. She’s seriously one of the best storytellers of all time.A mummy rises, he falls in love, and they journey to Egypt where he misuses his immortal elixer. Seems like it would be cheesy or at least silly. But nothing about this is like that-everything about this book makes sense. The way he rises, the way he acts, how long he’s lived, he’s relationship with Cleopatra, how he learns to operate the modern world. Every aspect of the story has a logical explanation laid out clearly within the story. (In my opinion there’s nothing worse than an author having to explain themselves after the book is published *coughStephenieMeyercough*)Just like all of Rice’s other works, Ramses is devastatingly perfect. The woman he falls in love with is fierce and intelligent without being cliche. There’s an older man that for some reason you are attracted to, despite his age. An adorable innocent young man for you to obsess over, and the quintessential bad boy that you can’t help but love. Add in a dangerous and alluring female villain and you’ve got one of the sexiest cast of characters I’ve ever read.The book is fairly long, but Rice is always a fast read. I’ve always found Anne Rice to be the perfect alternative to a “fluff” book because even though there’s elements of a romance novel, the plot is still the most important part of the story. It’s fast-paced and oh so fun.


Already being an Anne Rice fan I knew I would enjoy this book, but had no idea how much I would. She truly wrote a fascinating story that had me guessing throughout the book wondering what was going to happen. The time setting was fantastic and her descriptions of their surroundings really painted the picture of what was going on as I read the story. Half way through I really thought I had an idea of where things were going then Rice threw in a nice twist completely changing everything I thought was happening. It was not until the very last page that I figured out how it ends. She fortunately she left the book ending in a way that the story could continue, but she has yet to continue this wonderful story. I have read only a few of her stand-alone stories but this so far as been my favorite, placing it there up along most of her vampire stories. I would love to this one played out on the big screen, but better yet, a sequel to see what else lies ahead for Julie Stratford and the others who still have much left in their journey.


Loved this book...couldn't put it down once I started it. I really wish she would have done a series out of this story.

Amy Hutchinson

I loved this book so much! I have read it several times, and I read it again when I traveled to Egypt because part of the book takes place where I would be visiting. Most Anne Rice fans were not thrilled by it because it was so out of character for her. One friend, a Rice enthusiast, said this was her worst book because it was no more than a trashy romance. But that's why I loved it! It is a historical romance that is incredibly well-written. Basically, Rice started writing paranormal romance before it was in style. Highly recommended to any fans of paranormal romance.

Julie Johnson

I picked this up at the library because I hadn't read it in twenty years and i was curious to read it again.That was the wrong thing to do. I read this as a teenager and maybe it had appealed to the romantic in me, but as a 41 year old, this book just started to annoy me! I did love the first part, in Egypt...and all the mystery and tension around the discovery etc.....but when you get to the romance and the part where the mummy is alive and well and living inLondon...well, I just couldn't take it anymore without rolling my eyes.This was al very fresh way back when but the premise of an immortal being and a love affair has been done to death a la Twilight...also, I couldn't get all those cheesy mummy movies with Brendan Fraser out of my head.So sorry, this was a no go for me. I had to put it down and take it back and move onto other books. I gave it two stars out of deference to my teenage self, who loved this book and of course the Vampire Lestat books...but that's really the only reason why.


The Mummy: Ramses the Damned - VGAnne Rice - StandaloneRamses the Great has awakened in Edwardian London. Having drunk the elixir of life, he is now Ramses the Damned, doomed forever to wander the earth, desperate to quell hungers that can never be satisfied. Although he pursues voluptuous aristocrat Julie Stratford, the woman for whom he desperately longs is Cleopatra. And his intense longing for her, undiminished over the centuries, will force him to commit an act that will place everyone around him in the gravest danger....I have very much enjoyed "Interview with a Vampire," liked "The Vampire Lestat" and really disliked "the Queen of the Damned." Rice is an excellent writer, but I'm just not a big horror fan. "The Mummy," which still being horror, is also a romance, which is what really softened the plot for me. I've enjoyed this the best of her books.

Carrie Slager

I’ve read a lot of Anne Rice’s books, but The Mummy is my absolute favourite, no question about it. It has the perfect mix of tragedy, romance, history and emotion that Anne Rice pulls off so well, without any extra flab added to the story. Compared to her other novels, The Mummy is incredibly short, with my version only being 398 pages. Believe me, they read fast!Maybe I’m a bit biased because I’ve always loved ancient Egypt and have been fascinated by Ramses the Great. I’m not necessarily an admirer of him, but he does play a significant role in history and did have an interesting life. Well, Anne Rice brings him to life in The Mummy and he is as charming, well-spoken and lecherous as one would expect. But he also has a soft side, which is what makes it so easy for Julie and readers to fall in love with him. Julie herself has a few too many modern sensibilities for the era, but she is an interesting character because she is so strong. She’s the perfect match for Ramses.Anne Rice showcases exactly what it is that makes people want to devote their entire lives to the study of Egyptology. If you haven’t fallen in love with Egypt by the time you finish The Mummy, you likely never will. I didn’t even catch any glaring historical inaccuracies. Sure, some things were changed around if you believe in the traditional Cleopatra story, but Anne Rice presents a compelling alternative that makes sense in the context of the story. Her vivid descriptions reveal the passion she has for ancient Egypt and that enthusiasm continues throughout the entire novel.Her later Vampire Chronicles works seemed to lack heart, but The Mummy certainly does not. It’s fresh, a fitting retelling of the very old, generally cliché shambling mummy coming back from the grave story. Of course it has fantastical elements, but I don’t think they’ll be overwhelming for people who don’t normally read fantasy. Anne Rice achieved perfect balance in The Mummy and it’s a book I would highly recommend to anyone.Warning: This is an Anne Rice book. Of course there are explicit sex scenes and gore that could be offensive to young or sensitive readers. I would personally not recommend The Mummy for anyone under 14, but everyone matures at different rates. Use your common sense when buying books.I give this book 5/5 stars.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald

I picked up this book because I’d read Interview With A Vampire and wasn’t that fussed. I thought I’d give Anne Rice a second chance by picking something completely unrelated.Julie Stratford’s archaeologist father uncovers the tomb of Ramses the Great, a pharaoh said to be immortal. The archaeologist is promptly murdered and the mummy shipped to Julie in early 20th Century England. Ramses revives in time to save Julie from being similarly murdered and the pair fall in love. The remainder of the book is spent introducing Ramses to modern times and keeping the elixir that rendered him immortal from falling into the wrong hands.I can’t say that I was all that fussed on this book either. It started out well, but there seemed to be no real depth to the characters. They appeared to be more driven by the story rather than the other way around. Nor did they seem to grow at all, unless you count Alex becoming more cynical or Julie becoming more and more the helpless female. Ramses obsession with Cleopatra seemed forced, considering he was supposed to be in love with Julie.The ending was disappointing, with no real resolution at all. It actually left me wondering whether there was supposed to be a sequel, there were so many loose ends.All in all, not my cup of tea. It wouldn’t surprise me, though, if it went through a bit of a revival with Twilight being such a big hit and the current surge in popularity that paranormal romance is undergoing.

Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)


** spoiler alert ** OK, I'm giving it one star but I did read it all the way through.I thought this headed towards pulp, not up to the quality of her other books (and a bit more towards porn-lit).Also, I guess I can be nit picky, but Ramses claims that his cells can't die. He gives an example of using the elixir on plants hoping that his subjects will be able to eat forever, but the awful thing is that the plants regrow in people's stomachs. Awful picture, but I state it just to point out that she's trying to make a point.It seems to me, however, that Anne misses this point when Ramses and the female lead have sex. I kept waiting for he woman to get pregnant. I mean, his sperm would never die right, so there'd be a billion of them waiting in those fallopian tubes for the next egg to come by. I pictured her getting pregnant with his children for the rest of her child bearing years.OK, I guess I took it too literally. My bad.

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